August 3, 2015
For a country with a population of only 5.6 million (112th largest in the world and roughly the size of Maine) Denmark sure has left its mark on the culinary world, and I’m not just talking about the delicious pastry we know as “danish” here in America.
Although weinerbrød (“Vienna bread”) or spandauer, as its known in Scandinavia, is a delightful konditori treat even by Danish standards, Nordic cuisine has impacted and influenced the global culinary scene in a massive way over the past decade.
In 2004 a food movement emerged to change the scene faster than the weather on a typical Danish day. Passionate chefs eager to redefine the perception and preparation of Nordic food, yet preserve the integrity of authentic Nordic cuisine, began paying homage to it by using fresh local produce in innovative ways. Soon, stuffy and pretentious gave way to rustic and comforting, tempting a broader audience.
Chefs René Redzepi and Claus Meyer most notably ushered in the New Nordic movement the year before with their now world-famous restaurant Noma (from the Danish words Nordisk, meaning Nordic, and mad, meaning food).
This Copenhagen (and now global) gem, and subsequent four-time World’s Best Restaurant winner (2010, 2011, 2012 & 2014), has been dubbed “among the most influential restaurants of this century” and has helped create a New Nordic philosophy for food: what we now know as organic or ‘farm-to-table’.
Yet Noma is just one of the many restaurants (and the chefs and visionaries behind them) that have changed the way a whole generation of people think about food (ever heard of a foodie?). Nordic food has obviously been around for quite a while. We all have those favorite Danish recipes in our repertoire, but it’s refreshing to see the rest of the world love and appreciate Danish food as much as I do!
Speaking of, don’t miss out on this month’s GIVEAWAY! We are rewarding one lucky subscriber with some of the most amazingly delicious Danish cookbooks. Enter today and be madlavning like a Dane in no time!! (view the prize here)
Don’t Forget About These Upcoming Local Events!
Saturday, September 26th – The Danish Home Foundation’s Annual Benefit at Arlington Racetrack
Wednesday, September 30th – The DAAC & The Danish Home 15th Annual Golf Outing
And in Other News…Danes in Space!
The first Danish astronaut launched into space yesterday, and he brought along 26 custom-made LEGO figurines!